Fyfe to have surgery on shoulder
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Fremantle youngster Nat Fyfe will miss at least 12 weeks after succumbing to a troublesome shoulder injury.
Fyfe dislocated his shoulder at training on Tuesday, prompting the Dockers to fly the 20-year-old to Melbourne for surgery.
The midfielder was a late withdrawal from Fremantle's clash against St Kilda in Round 4 but returned to action with 22 disposals in the Dockers' eight-point loss to Carlton on Friday.
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon had previously insisted he would have no hesitation sending Fyfe in for surgery if he aggravated the injury again.
Fremantle general manager of football operations Chris Bond said the operation would be carried out by a specialist surgeon in Melbourne.
"We believe that the appropriate course of action for Nat's long-term playing future and his general well being is to have the operation at this time," Bond said.
"Based on the advice of our medical team, we envisage that Nat will require a recovery and rehabilitation period of about 12 weeks, which would make him available for selection in the latter part of the season."
The Dockers travel to the Gold Coast to face the Suns at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.